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Surrey crush Worcs in semi

17 June 2017 National Sport

Surrey cruised into their third consecutive Royal London One-Day Cup final after a 153-run thrashing of Worcestershire at New Road on Saturday.

Skipper Gareth Batty starred for his side, taking 5-40 against his former county, while Jason Roy earlier cracked 92 off 88 balls to return to some form after being dropped for England’s Champions Trophy semi-final defeat to Pakistan on Wednesday.

Kumar Sangakkara (73) and Ben Foakes (86) also continued their fine form for the tournament with hearty half centuries as Surrey amassed 363-7 batting first.

Worcestershire’s chase got off to a fast start as Moeen Ali smashed 36 off 23 balls at the top of the order, but wickets tumbled at a steady rate and the home side ultimately succumbed when bowled out for 210 in just the 33rd over.

On a scorching summer’s day in Worcester, it was no surprise when Surrey elected to bat first after winning the toss and their openers swiftly brought up a century stand in only the 13th over – Australian seamer John Hastings (1-97) particularly targeted.

While Mark Stoneman then departed for 41 in the 14th, bowled by Moeen, Roy kicked on to crack 12 fours and one sixes in his innings, though he would fall eight short of century when out lbw to Daryl Mitchell.

Brett D’Oliveira quickly added the scalp of Rory Burns (5), but Sangakkara and Foakes’ knocks put Surrey firmly back in the ascendancy, setting Worcestershire what would be the second-highest run-chase in RL One-Day Cup history. The Rapids could not match the feats of Nottinghamshire though, who chased down a record 371 to beat Essex in the first semi-final on Friday.

While Moeen blasted five fours and two sixes in his quickfire cameo, Worcestershire lost Daryl Mitchell (0) to Sam Curran (2-19), and Tom Fell (2) to a run-out, early on.

Batty then ripped through the middle-order, and though fifties for D’Oliveira (53) and Ross Whiteley (55) helped Worcestershire up to a reasonably respectable score, their heavy defeat was finally confirmed with Curran’s dismissal of the latter.

Surrey will now be hoping it is third time lucky for them when they face Nottinghamshire in final at Lord’s on July 1 following defeats to Gloucestershire and Warwickshire on their last two trips.

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